Riverina pub and publican among latest Public Health Order breaches

A pub at Temora, which was fined $5000 and its licensee $1000, are among three incidents and six Penalty Infringement Notices (PINs) for non-compliance with COVID-19 Public Health Orders in the last 24 hours.

About 12.30pm yesterday (Thursday 30 July 2020), officers from Riverina Police District attended the premises on Hoskins Street, Temora, as part of proactive compliance operations.

On arrival, police noted there was no sign-in book at the entry to the premises, and when officers asked the licensee to provide advice regarding his COVID-19 Safety Plan, he claimed to not speak English.

It was subsequently established by officers that no steps had been taken by the business to comply with COVID-19 Public Health Orders.

The pub was issued with a $5000 PIN for failing to comply with a ministerial direction, and the licensee was issued with a $1000 PIN for the same offence.

In a second incident, officers from Eastern Suburbs Police Area Command attended serviced apartments at Bondi Junction following reports a woman had breached self-isolation requirements.

Police were told the 26-year-old woman arrived in Sydney from Victoria on Wednesday (29 July 2020), and was self-isolating at the Bondi apartments, but left on Thursday to apply for a visa at a nearby embassy.

Following inquiries, it was determined that applying for a visa was not a valid exemption to enter NSW and she did not meet the requirements for a permit. Further, she was not permitted to leave isolation.

The woman was issued with a $1000 PIN before being directed to return to Victoria.

In a third incident, officers from Murrumbidgee Police District attended a house at Griffith to conduct compliance checks on three men, who are Malaysian Nationals and had travelled into NSW from Victoria earlier in the week.

Inquiries revealed the men – aged 22, 28 and 34 – had been going to pick fruit at local farms and therefore not self-isolating as required under their exemption permit to enter NSW.

The men were subsequently each issued with $1000 PIN for failing to comply with noticed direction in relation to section 7/8/9 – COVID-19.

Local police have also referred inquiries into the men’s immigration status to Australian Border Force.

Police continue to appeal to the community to report suspected breaches of any ministerial direction or behaviour which may impact on the health and safety of the community.

Anyone who has information regarding individuals or businesses in contravention of a COVID-19-related ministerial direction is urged to contact Crime Stoppers: https://nsw.crimestoppers.com.au. Information is treated in strict confidence. The public is reminded not to report crime via NSW Police social media pages.


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